People in North Stonington are being warned after a raccoon tested positive for rabies.
The raccoon was found in the area of Wyassup Road and tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, according to the Ledge Light Health District.
Rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted by scratches or when the saliva of an infected animal comes in contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin, or mucous membranes, health officials said.
The District is warning people to avoid feeding or approaching wild or stray animals.
Anyone with concerns is asked to call Ledge Light Health District at (860) 448-4882 or the animal control officer at (860) 287-2197.